The English Toy Terrier is a tiny and spirited breed of terrier originating from the mid-north of England. The breed has been known since the 16th Century, when they were used for hunting and for flushing out rats. For this reason, their small size was valued, as hunters would keep them in their pockets until they were needed to dive down rat or fox holes. In 1920 the English Kennel Club split them into two distinct types by size. The larger type became known as the Manchester Terrier, and the smaller breed as the Miniature Black and Tan Terrier. In 1960 the name was changed to the English Toy Terrier, the name they are known by today.
These compact, well-proportioned little terriers have a short dense coat which is always black and tan. They have erect, pointed ears that give them an inquisitive look. They have a larger-than-life personality, tons of energy and lots of affection for their family. They are highly adaptable and make excellent companions for individuals or families living in smaller homes, as long as they are given sufficient mental stimulation. Toy Terriers are eager to please, making them relatively easy to train.
The small size of this breed makes them delicate and prone to injury, so they should be handled with care. Older children should not play too rough with them as they can easily break bones. They may be reserved around strangers, but are loyal to their families, and can suffer separation anxiety if left alone.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your dog, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.